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Oct. 29, 2021, 6:17 a.m. EDT

Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 top 245.6 million and Florida sues Biden over vaccine mandate for federal contractors

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By Ciara Linnane

The global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness climbed above 245.6 million on Friday, while the death toll edged above 4.98 million, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University . The U.S. continues to lead the world with a total of 45.8 million cases and 743,362 deaths. The U.S. is averaging about 1,400 deaths a day, according to a New York Times tracker, although cases and hospitalizations are declining. The state of Florida on Thursday sued President Joe Biden's administration over its coronavirus vaccine mandate for federal contractors, opening yet another battleground between Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis and the White House, the Associated Press reported. The lawsuit, announced by DeSantis at a news conference, alleges the president doesn't have the authority to issue the rule and that it violates procurement law. India is second by cases after the U.S. at 34.2 million and has suffered 457,191 deaths. Brazil has second highest death toll at 607,068 and 21.8 million cases. In Europe, Russia has the most fatalities at 231,931 deaths, followed by the U.K. at 140,628.

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